Michigan Lighthouse Festival 2024

For any questions on the 2024 Michigan Lighthouse Festival please contact Marge Ellenberger at margeellenberger@yahoo.com!

Passes are non-refundable. Alternative payment methods, by check or money order, can be addressed to:

Michigan Lighthouse Festival
P.O. Box 385
Onaway, Michigan 49765

What is the Michigan Lighthouse Festival?

Established in 2015, the Michigan Lighthouse Festival promotes the extraordinary history of Michigan’s 129 lighthouses. Each year the MLF travels to a new city and strives to provide a unique experience for people of all ages. Our goal is to highlight both the historical significance and the need to preserve these fascinating pieces of history.

This year in 2024 join us on the shores of Lake Michigan in the City of Holland to celebrate “Big Red”, the Holland Harbor Lighthouse!

The History of the Holland Harbor Lighthouse

Where a narrow outlet from Lake Macatawa empties into Lake Michigan stands one of the most famous sights in Michigan, the Holland Harbor Lighthouse (#65 of 129).  "Big Red" as it is commonly known is the third light to stand on this pier with the first being lit in 1870.  The current structure originally served as the fog horn signal building until 1936 when a square tower was added to its western end along with the lantern room from the previous lighthouse.

The Holland Harbor Lighthouse is owned and maintained by the Holland Harbor Lighthouse Commission.  Unfortunately the lighthouse and the pier are not publicly accessible as it is surrounded by private property.  However, a good view can be found to the north across the river at the Holland State Park and, of course, on the Lighthouse Lunch Cruise aboard the “Holland Princess” planned for Saturday, August 3rd.

Festival Information & Itinerary

The Michigan Lighthouse Festival, featuring BIG RED Lighthouse, will take place in Holland, Michigan from August 2nd to August 4th, 2024.

August 2, Friday

7:00 pm - MEET & GREET at Holland Armory

  • Refreshments provided
  • Guest Speaker: Valerie Van Heest presents "Lighthouses & Shipwrecks"
Valerie van Heest

August 3, Saturday

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm - Lighthouse Lunch Cruise aboard the Holland Princess
3:00 pm - Michael Dereen/Actor performance at Holland Armory

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August 4, Sunday

9:00 am – 12:00 pm - Visit the Holland Museum, open ONLY to Michigan Lighthouse Festival attendees.

Don't miss our exciting raffle with draws every half hour, offering:

  • Gift Certificates for Pictured Rocks Cruises
  • Shepler's Lighthouse Cruise (East or West)
  • Heritage Pass Voucher for Mackinac State Parks
  • Two-night stay at Bay Mills Resort & Casino
  • Famous Soo Locks Lighthouse Cruise opportunity
Valerie van Heest
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Secure your accommodation at Tulyp Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, highly recommended by the Shoal Shoppe for the Michigan Lighthouse Festival 2024. Conveniently situated in downtown Holland, our hotel ensures a memorable stay at the heart of the action.

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